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The Police History Society established an Academic Group in 2023 to foster the development of academic police history.  The Group is an informal and mutually supportive network of researchers and aspiring researchers in police history.  It aims to promote high standards of scholarship in police history, to assist emerging or aspiring scholars in police history and to support applications of police history research in policy, professional practice and public education.


Dr Eleanor Bland (; and Dr David Churchill (


Eleanor Bland is Programme Lead for Criminology at Oxford Brookes University. Her research focuses on the history of policing in London and Australia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the contemporary impacts and legacies of historic policing practices.


David Churchill is Associate Professor in Criminal Justice at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on policing, security and crime control in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. He is Academic Advisor to the Police History Society.


Membership is open to anyone with an interest in academic police and policing history (broadly defined). We warmly welcome independent researchers, postgraduate and early career scholars, established academics, ‘pracademics’ and others engaged in, or seeking to develop, academic research in police history. If you are interested in joining the Group,

please email David Churchill -

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Log into the Group’s discussion board – with user name (usually email address) and password. 

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The Group runs a series of occasional online talks and workshops on researching police history. Details of the series and recordings of previous sessions are listed below. To suggest a theme for a future workshop, please contact the convenors.


  • Researching Police History: Local and International Contexts. 27 September 2023. Speakers:  Dr David Churchill; Dr Georgina Sinclair. The recording of this session is available here.

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